Book of Mormon musical nominated for 13 Tonys
The Book of Mormon, a satirical musical that has been equally lauded and criticized for its sharp critiques of a number of different groups, seems to have resonated with many viewers and critics alike – it is leading the Tony Award nominations at 13.
The play, which was penned by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is about Mormon missionaries in Africa. It has been running on Broadway for months and the 14 nominations almost put it at the record for most nominations ever. The musical only lost out to the 15 nominations received by The Producers in 2001 and Billy Elliot in 2009.
"Even as [The Book of Mormon] profanes some serious articles of faith, its spirit is anything but mean. The ardently devout and comedically challenged are sure to disagree," Peter Marks writes for The Washington Post. "Anyone else should excitedly approach the altar of Parker, Stone and Lopez and expect to drink from a cup of some of the sweetest poison ever poured."
Some of the acting nominees include Al Pacino for his performance in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Edie Falco in The House of Blue Leaves, Frances McDormand in Good People, Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy and Ellen Barkin in The Normal Heart.
The musical Scottsboro Boys was also acknowledged with 12 nominations and named Entertainment Weekly's top Broadway production of 2010. Host Anika Noni Rose seemed thrilled to hear about the verdict, because nominee Colman Domingo is a close friend.
"We have been good friends for about 13 years, and it was amazing and awesome to say his name up there on that stage," she told the publication with tears in her eyes.